Every year, we present the Samsung Award of Honor to our employees, who have made remarkable achievements in their fields and set themselves as models for others with exemplary behavior.
It’s an honor that’s presented to an exceptional few, and those who receive the award twice win a chance to be inducted to the Samsung Hall of Fame. You can imagine how winning the award once is hard enough, but there is someone at Samsung who won the award not only once or twice, but five times!
Please meet Executive Vice President Chang Yeong Kim, head of the Digital Media and Communications R&D Center at Samsung Electronics. Dr. Kim, a leading expert on display image processing technology, was named a Samsung Fellow in 2006. In 2011, he was made an Honorary Member of the Society for Imaging Science and Technology, among the most prestigious institutions in the field of imaging science, becoming the first Korean to be granted the title.
Today, we invited Executive Vice President Kim for our latest interview in the Samsung Fellow series.
Samsung Village: Dr. Kim, you’ve received the Samsung Award of Honor five times. Could you please explain to us a little bit about some of the key accomplishments that helped you earn the recognition?
Kim: I first received the award in 1996 for applying the digital color display technology to analog TVs. I was later awarded for developing technologies that display colors on LCD (liquid crystal display) TVs more brightly and vividly at lower costs.
As mobile phones became more widely used, I thought about how to realize more sharp and vivid displays on mobile devices and that helped me receive another award.
SV: It is no exaggeration to say that at every step of developments in Samsung’s display image processing technology you were there. Now, there is also a saying at Samsung that if you want to know the future of the 3D technology, ask Dr. Kim. You founded the Global 3D Technology Forum and also delivered a keynote address on the future of the 3D TV at the 2012 IEEE CCNC (Consumer Communications & Networking Conference). Where does 3D technology stand today?
Kim: When the movie “Avatar” was released in 2009, everyone was astounded with the degree of reality in the three-dimensional effects. For the 3D market to mature, the technologies that were used to produce these 3D movies have to be realized in consumer electronics terminals that are easily accessible like TVs.
According to Display Search, by 2016 the 3D TV market is expected to double from 2011, accounting for 57 percent of the entire TV market. With such rapid expected growth, the 3D TV technology is expected to evolve from the current stereoscopic 3D with glasses to Multi-View 3D without glasses and further to Real 3D that delivers the level of reality and three-dimensional effects of real objects.
What’s important to be aware is that these developments will never be possible with just the development in display image technology alone. The true 3D era will be realized with the concurrent growth in the entire eco-system encompassing easy 3D shooting, compressed transmission over networks and the interaction technology that lets viewers touch and feel the contents on TV.
SV: Is there any special area you want to further study?
Kim: The information technology has so far developed around TV and mobile devices. TVs have been developed to have higher resolution and three-dimensional features, while mobile devices have become more functional and intelligent, with higher definition.
I believe new opportunities lie in areas such as healthcare and education. So, while I continue developing technologies that could lead changes in the area of consumer electronics such as TVs and mobile devices, I also want to focus on researching convergence technologies that could pioneer new opportunities in areas still relatively foreign to IT like healthcare and education.
SV: Do you have any words of wisdom you would like to share with Samsung Fellow-aspirants?
Kim: Samsung has transformed into the global leading company it is today during the period of turbulence that rose from technology convergence and rapid changes in the market. This was made possible because Samsung employees actively rode the new waves of changes by turning the endless stream of ideas into reality.
The three key words I cannot emphasize enough are professionalism, prevision and leadership. When we cultivate and develop ourselves in our own domain of expertise, with professionalism and prevision in mind, we are actually developing technologies that would pioneer new changes globally. And we should all take pride in that.